Atlanta Falcons Hoping Defense Bounces Back Without First Round Rusher

Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank, Dan Quinn (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons made two first-round selections in the NFL Draft. Opting to address the offensive line leaving their pass rushing unit unaddressed. Leaving many questions for the defense to answer.

The Atlanta Falcons using their own first round pick and trading up to use two first round picks on offensive lineman was a surprising move for a team who is need of defensive help. While it was a good move it was one leaving questions for a shaky pass rush.

All of the elite NFL pass rushing prospects have been picked and the Falcons next selection will not be for two rounds.

Leaving the pass rush as is, mean Coach Dan Quinn is confident he can help a terrible Falcon’s defense bounce back in 2019.

Adrian Clayborn will return to Atlanta and help improve the pass rush. There has to be hope that Vic Beasley Jr. will somehow regain form as well.

In fairness, Atlanta made the right move they simply didn’t have enough picks to address both issues. Fixing the offense and giving Matt Ryan one of the most powerful offenses in the League is a great move that will keep the Falcons in any game.

Ryan was great last season but in key situations often couldn’t make plays because he didn’t have the time in the pocket.

The secondary is another area of need for Atlanta and could be something they attempt to address with one of their later selections.

If even one of the offensive lineman Atlanta selected proves to be a starter Atlanta made the right decision considering their lack of depth at the position.

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The offensive line will be much improved in 2019 but there is cause for concern that the defensive line could be as bad or even take a step back. More to come as the draft continues.